Imitation is regarded as the act of mimicking a person or a practice, in general. Most scholars believe that it is the basic form of learning and is usually common among children and animals, as a gestural indication of learning an activity. Imitation is also an important part of animal behavioral science and has been formally called 'Observational Learning', a practice in which, some creatures learn by observing humans or other animals. Few studies done on imitation in infants reveal that after 6 months of age, the infant starts imitating actions such as raising hands, smiling and even trying to talk.
The child keeps on developing itself by imitating language, basic etiquettes, physical pose and culture. Previously imitation was thought to be hereditary, but later on it was declared to be learnt from the surroundings. During the second year, it starts imitating reactions made to different situations. Imitation in humans goes on throughout our lives and a few people master it as an art. Though imitation is a natural human behavior, but as we grow old, it’s advisable to be original as imitation makes us lose our original personality. Read through the article to know more about these interesting imitation quotations and sayings.